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Anderson appointed Chief Judge of the 17th Judicial District

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

DENVER – Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan B. Coats has appointed District Court Judge Emily E. Anderson to serve as Chief Judge of the 17th Judicial District (Adams and Broomfield counties).  She replaces retiring Chief Judge Patrick T. Murphy, who was appointed to the District Court in 2004 and was named Chief Judge in 2013. Judge Anderson’s appointment is effective upon Chief Judge Murphy’s retirement on July 15, 2019.

“Chief Judge Murphy has had a remarkable career, and his skills as a jurist and leader will be greatly missed,” Chief Justice Coats said. “I am pleased to appoint Judge Anderson to serve in this important role. I am confident she has the skills and demeanor necessary to be an effective leader for the 17th.”

Judge Anderson was appointed to the 17th Judicial District Court bench by Governor Hickenlooper in 2013.  She served as a District Court Magistrate in the 17th Judicial District from 2005-2013.  She was the recipient of the Colorado Judicial Institute’s Judicial Excellence Award in 2013. 

Prior to moving to the bench, Judge Anderson ran her own law firm for 11 years.  Her private trial practice focused on family law, civil litigation and mediation.   Judge Anderson is active in the legal community having served in leadership positions in the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association and LGBTQ Bar Association.  She currently serves on the Access to Justice Committee for the 17th Judicial District, the Executive Committee for the Judicial Peer-to-Peer Coaching Program and is the District 12 Director of the National Association of Women Judges. 

She obtained her undergraduate degree from The Colorado College and her law degree from The University of Denver College of Law.

As Chief Judge, Anderson will serve as the administrative head of the 17th Judicial District, responsible for appointing the court executive, chief probation officer and clerk of court, assisting in the personnel, financial and case-management duties of the district, and seeing that the business of the courts is conducted efficiently and effectively.

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